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The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor Constantine

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  • Ana Braga-Henebry
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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2008
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      Title: The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor Constantine
      Author: Louis de Wohl
      Publisher: Ignatius Press
      Date Published:March 2008
      ISBN: 1586172271
      Price: $15.95

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      Book Description
      The renowned novelist De Wohl, with his usual crisp language and
      descriptive narrative, as well as irony and humor, presents the
      colorful and tumultuous times of the early Christian era in this story
      of intrigue, romance and power politics revolving around Helena, the
      devoted and saintly mother of Constantine, the first Christian
      emperor. This historical novel tells the story of the quest for the
      True Cross through fifty years of the most exciting events in Roman
      and Christian history.

      The narrative begins when the Tribune Constantius, a Roman officer
      stationed in Britain, meets and wins Helena, only daughter of the
      mystical and oracular King Coel of Britain. Through the course of
      their early lives together, and during their ten-year separation when
      Constantius returns to Britian as a conquering Caesar and Helena has
      become a rejected wife, devoted mother, and militant Christian, there
      is a sure and convincing portrayal of character growth and personal
      conflict. Helena's fierce determination to raise Constantine as a
      warrior son and her gradual discovery and dramatic acceptance of
      Christianity prepare her for the final miracle of her life discovery
      of the True Cross, the Living Wood on Calvary.

      The Living Wood is a chapter from the turbulent half-forgotten pages
      of early Christian history and legend in which the religious conflicts
      and problems are handled with moving simplicity. It is also an
      action-packed novel of those times--with a lesson for us today--that
      captures with equal skill and tumult and the shouting of the
      battlefield and the devious plots and counter-plots of the court.
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